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Jul 13, 2009 09:04 PM

Peking Duck PHX.

Having dinner with friends the other night ,Peking duck was mentioned and we all decided we should go out for Peking duck in the near future.It has been so long since I've had it I didn't even know where to suggest.What do you Chowhounders suggest?

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  1. Only place I've had Peking Duck recently in Phoenix was Golden Buddha in the Chinese Cultural Center. It was fine last time, but not amazing.

    1. Authentic Peking Duck is not to be found in Phoenix.

      You can get a pretty good facsimile with what is really "Cantonese Roast Duck" (even though most menus will list it as "Peking Duck").

      Try either Lao Ching Hing or Nee House.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Just curious... is the authenticity based on cooking method?

        1. re: tastyjon

          Yes, cooking method as well as the type of duck.

          Beijing duck are bred and raised with special feed, and are required to be force fed several times a day for a 3 week period to ensure that the ducks develop an extra nice fatty layer.

          When it comes time to prepare the dish, the ducks are slaughtered, pumped full of air to separate the skin and fatty tissue, soaked in water, hung in open air for 24 hours, doused with sugar syrup or molasses (or some combo of vinegar, salt, sugar and ginger).

          The duck is roasted in a special brick oven that uses a special type of pear tree wood to use as fuel for the fire.

          Most health dept. in major metro areas would not permit the ducks to be hung out to dry for 24 hours and most purveyors of this dish in the U.S. generally (note, generally) do not have the traditional brick ovens.

      2. super dragon has v. good peking duck (very good, not spectacular, but best in phx) and is a nice place to sit down.

        that said, i'd bet that new place next to lee lees has awesome peking duck.

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          1. re: silverbear

            chandler. what's the new place next to it with dimsum? phoenix palace sounds familiar, but I could be wrong.

            1. re: hzp

              Nee House has a great preparation...served traditional style. Crispy skin removed to a 2nd plate along w/ scallions, juliened cucmber, hoisin sauce and pancakes! Jade Palace does a similar preparation.....they used to run a Tuesday Night Peking duck special....

              1. re: ciaogal

                Where are these two restaurants located?And thanks for the info.

                1. re: twodogs

                  Adding links to Nee House and Jade Palace.

                  Jade Palace actually has three locations in the Valley, but I recommend the location on Shea because you can conveniently go to Sweet Republic for dessert afterwards! (they are located in the same strip mall)

                  Jade Palace
                  9160 E Shea Blvd, #101, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

                  Nee House
                  13843 N Tatum Blvd Ste 17, Phoenix, AZ 85032

              2. re: hzp

                Phoenix Palace serves some of the best dim sum in the PHX metro area. Didn't know about the duck. Thanks for the tip.

                1. re: silverbear

                  I was at Phoenix Palace on July 2 and was hugely disappointed. First of all, I didn't know that they got rid of the buffet. Second, they only had about 12 tables set for lunch. Third, they only had ONE dim sum cart, and you had to request that they come back. Fourth, they kept asking if we had enough, apparently trying to turn the table.

                  Not only did they seem to be rationing the minimal dim sum offerings (only about a dozen basic items), they were also rationing the condiments. We asked for chile sauce, and we got one tablespoon of chile sauce in a small dish. When we requested more, since we had three people at the table, they actually brought out two extra small dishes and a teaspoon so we could split the tablespoon!

                  In addition, the barbecue station where they usually have the roast duck was barely running. I think I saw one duck hanging. I used to always stop at Phoenix Palace to pick up a roast duck to go, but after this visit, I would be hard pressed to go back. Phoenix Palace used to be one of my favorite places in the Valley, but I can't possibly support them anymore.

          2. Just a general FYI that some places require a 24 hr advance it's probably a good idea to confirm this wherever you end up going.

            1. Jade palace on 90th and shea is my goto. It is awesome!! $35 feeds 4 people. Its usally two of us with tons of leftovers. No 24 hr notice required.